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Southern Chair Tom Garcia on Carly’s Veterans Coalition

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Tom Garcia, Retired Army Specialist, Statewide Southern District Chair, Veterans for Carly

I am proud and excited to be the Statewide Southern District Chair for Veterans for Carly Fiorina. I joined Carly today in San Diego to help her announce the launch of the veterans coalition and to talk about issues of importance to veterans, including jobs for recently returned solders, health care and supporting our troops.

I believe California needs a senator who respects our men and women in uniform. As a veteran, I took great offense with Barbara Boxer’s careless comments equating being a senator with serving in the military. Unfortunately, this was just the most recent comment in Boxer’s long history of disrespecting our men and women in uniform. Boxer has a deplorable record when it comes to one of the most critical military issues: troop funding. In 2001, she voted against $847 million in funding for much-needed mission-critical and force-protection maintenance. And in 2003, Boxer voted with only 12 other senators to try and defeat an $87 billion supplemental for supporting troops in the field and their families at home.

She was also one of only 25 senators who voted against condemning a MoveOn.org ad that attacked General David Petraeus. The ad accused the general of “cooking the books” and called him “General Betray Us.” And let’s not forget when she dressed down a brigadier general on national television, asking that he call her “senator” instead of “ma’am”.

It’s time we had a senator who gives our troops the respect they deserve. That is why I am working to elect Carly Fiorina in November. Carly also has the real-world experience necessary to get our economy running again. She knows what it takes to create a job—something Boxer, with her 34 years as a career politician, has no idea how to do. Jobs are important to all Americans, but especially to our veterans returning from active duty. We need someone in office who understands that we need to help small-business owners and entrepreneurs in order to create jobs and jump start the economy, not spend billions of taxpayer dollars on a failed stimulus plan.

It’s time for Barbara Boxer to go. And I know that, with the help of the veterans’ community in California, we can work together to defeat Boxer and elect Carly Fiorina as our next senator.

Iraq War Veteran Calls on Barbara Boxer to Apologize for Equating Military Service with Being a Politician

Monday, July 26th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – Veterans for Carly Coalition Co-Chairman Lt. Commander Paul Chabot, an Iraq War veteran, today issued the following statement in response to Barbara Boxer's disrespectful comments at an Inglewood event during which she equated the experiences of members of Congress with the experiences of veterans who have served our country in uniform:

"Barbara Boxer's disrespectful comments underscore just how out of touch she has become after her 28 years in Washington. Equating the experiences of members of Congress with those of brave soldiers who have fought to defend our country is just the latest example in a failed career marked by disrespect for our men and women in uniform.

"Unfortunately, this type of behavior is what we have come to expect from the senator who dressed down a brigadier general on national television and voted against condemning a disgraceful ad that attacked the integrity of General David Petraeus. To add insult to injury, Boxer will join anti-war activist Jane Fonda tonight for a campaign fundraiser. Barbara Boxer owes an immediate apology to all members of America's armed forces."

Today, Boxer Offered The Following Remarks About The Experiences Of Veterans:

BOXER: "We know that if you have veterans in one place where they can befriend each other and talk to each other. You know when you've gone through similar things you need to share it. I don't care whether you are a policeman or a fireman or a veteran or by chance a member of Congress. Maxine and I could look at each other and roll our eyes. We know what we are up against. And it is hard for people who are not there to understand the pressure and the great things that go along with it and the tough things that go along with it." (Sen. Barbara Boxer, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Inglewood, CA, 7/24/10)

Click Here To Listen To Boxer's Remarks
During Her Time In The Senate, Boxer Has Disrespected Prominent Members Of The Military On Multiple Occasions:

"During A Committee Hearing In June, Boxer Upbraided A Brigadier General For Calling Her 'Ma'am' Rather Than 'Senator.'" (Lisa Lerer and Manu Raju, "Dems Raise Concerns About Boxer," Politico, 7/23/09)

Boxer Was One Of Only 25 Senators Who Voted Against Condemning A MoveOn.Org Ad Against General David Petraeus. (HR 1585, CQ Vote #344: Passed 72-25: R 49-0; D 22-24; I 1-1, 9/20/07, Boxer Voted Nay and Feinstein Voted Yea)

  • In A Full Page Ad In The New York Times, MoveOn.Org Claimed That Gen. Petraeus Was "Cooking The Books" And Called Him "General Betray Us." (Peter Wuetherich, "Petraeus: Battle-Hardened General On The Frontlines In Iraq," Agence France Presse, 9/10/07)

Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on Senate Confirmation of General David Petraeus

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s 99-0 vote to confirm General David Petraeus as the new military commander in Afghanistan:


“I have great respect and admiration for General Petraeus. He is among the finest military leaders serving this nation, and I commend the Senate for its unanimous action to confirm him today as the next commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. It is imperative that we remain committed to a winning strategy in Afghanistan that stabilizes the situation and defeats the enemy. General Petraeus’s on-the-ground insight and leadership will be vital to achieving that goal.”

Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on Passage of Unilateral Sanctions Against Iran

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement following Congress’s approval of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2009:

“I applaud Congress for its action today to approve tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. My only regret is that it has taken 14 months for this necessary and obvious step to be taken. Today’s vote underscores the consensus that Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons capability would threaten the stability of the entire Middle East region and would pose a direct threat against the security of the United States – and that intense pressure must be applied against the regime to persuade it to suspend its nuclear program.

“I urge President Obama to sign this bill into law swiftly. I also call on our leaders in Washington to stand up in support of those in Iran who are pushing for democracy and reform from within so that we can together achieve our ultimate goals: ensuring the country is not making nuclear weapons and stopping it from aiding terrorists.”

U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina Issues Statement Regarding U.N. Security Council Vote on Iranian Sanctions

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the United Nations Security Council vote to impose new sanctions against Iran:

“Today the United Nations Security Council finally voted to impose new sanctions on Iran in response to that country’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community. But this vote was no victory for peace or security.

“In order to get Russia and China on board, President Obama gutted the sanctions that were once promised to be ‘crippling’ and later downgraded to ‘biting.’ Today’s sanctions are so watered down that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, at a conference this week with the leader of Iran, vowed they would ‘not put Iran’s leadership or the Iranian people into difficulty.’

“If Iran’s leadership is not put ‘into difficulty’ by these sanctions, American interests and those of our allies will be. This is the fourth round of U.N. sanctions on Iran, yet Iran continues to work toward a nuclear weapon. Iran will also be allowed to continue arming itself – these sanctions include a loophole that will let Russia move forward with plans to sell Iran one of the world’s most sophisticated air defense systems, the S-300. Russia will also be allowed to continue building and delivering fuel to an Iranian nuclear reactor, even as the Obama administration moves toward a deal with Russia on nuclear cooperation that is now pending in Congress. And these sanctions do not target Iran’s imports of refined petroleum products or its access to international banking systems and capital markets, and it does not include a ban on dealings with Iran’s national air and shipping lines – the real pressure points on the Iranian regime.

“The United States Congress can impose its own sanctions on Iran, real sanctions that would cause Iran’s leadership great difficulty. But Barbara Boxer and this Congress have so far refused to stand up to this administration and get serious about the threat from Iran.”

Carly Fiorina Launches New Television Ad: “Safe”

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today launched a new 30-second television advertisement, “Safe,” contrasting her record of supporting our country’s national defense with Barbara Boxer’s misguided priorities.

“Californians cannot risk another six years of Barbara Boxer’s misguided priorities, ineffectiveness and extreme partisanship. While the men and women serving in our armed forces are fighting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barbara Boxer seems to think that climate change is the real threat to our national security. This is one of many examples of her out-of-step priorities, which make her a vulnerable incumbent this year,” said Carly for California Deputy Campaign Manager for Communications Julie Soderlund. “Carly Fiorina is the candidate who will hold Barbara Boxer accountable for her failed 34-year political career, and she is the Republican best positioned to beat Boxer in November. The choice between Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer could not be clearer: a proven leader and fiscal conservative versus a failed career politician with the wrong priorities.”

“Safe” is the fifth in a series of statewide television advertisements Fiorina has launched since the beginning of her campaign for U.S. Senate. Her other television ads include “Instead,” “Work,” “Jobs” and “Something Done.”

Click here to watch “Safe.”

Facts about “Safe”

CALIFORNIAN:
Barbara Boxer on national security?

BOXER:
One of the very important national security issues we face frankly is climate change.

FACT:
Boxer: “One Of The Very Important National Security Issues We Face, Frankly, Is Climate Change.” BOXER: And one of the very important national security issues we face, frankly, is climate change. And I heard Sarkozy speak today to the Congress – the president of France – and he made it a point of saying that this is a crucial issue. America really isn’t leading, and we have to lead. And so there’s lots we have to do. There’s lots in front of us, but we can’t let people get away with what they did in the past.” (MSNBC’s “Hardball,” 11/7/07)

GRAPHIC:
Senator Barbara Boxer
11/7/07

CARLY:
Terrorism kills and Barbara Boxer’s worried about the weather?

GRAPHIC:
Carly Fiorina
Battle-tested Conservative Republican for U.S. Senate

CARLY:
I’m Carly Fiorina; I ran Hewlett-Packard. I chaired the External Advisory Board for the CIA. We’ve had enough of her politics. I’ll work to keep you safe.

GRAPHIC:
CarlyForCalifornia.com

GRAPHIC:
Authorized by Carly Fiorina. Paid for by Carly for California.

CARLY:
I’m Carly Fiorina, and I approve this message.

GRAPHIC:
Carly for California
Conservative Republican

Debate Fact Check #9: No Fly List

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…The No Fly List.

CLAIM:
The No Fly List works.

FACT:
Ted Kennedy was on the list. So was seven-year-old Michael Martin. So was the Times Square bomber – except he was allowed to board an international flight.

7-Year Old Florida Boy On No-Fly List. “Michael Martin had a problem when he tried to fly out of Fort Lauderdale recently: He’s on the no-fly list. The thing is, he’s 7.” (“What’s In A Name? For This Boy, It’s A Flying Problem,” St. Petersburg Times, 7/25/07)

“Little Michael” Was “Eventually” Allowed To Board The Plane For His Family Vacation. “Another Michael Martin was accused of trying to ship bomb detonators to the Irish Republican Army in 1995, the newspaper reported. As for little Michael, he was eventually allowed to board the plane to Baltimore to vacation with his family.” (“What’s In A Name? For This Boy, It’s A Flying Problem,” St. Petersburg Times, 7/25/07)

Study Finds 24,000 People On No-Fly List Due To “Outdated Or Sometimes Irrelevant Information.” “The government’s consolidated watch list, used to identify people suspected of links to terrorists, has grown to more than one million names since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It also has drawn widespread criticism over the prevalence of mistaken identities and unclear links to terrorism. A report in May from the Justice Department inspector general found that the list kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation carried the names of 24,000 people included on the basis of outdated or sometimes irrelevant information.” (Eric Lichtblau, “On Terrorist Watch List, But Allowed To Buy Guns,” St. Petersburg Times, 7/25/07)

FBI Spokesman: “There’s No Cause To Deny Someone A Gun Just Because He Or She Is On The Watch List.”
“According to the News, FBI spokesman Carl Schlaff ‘said there’s no cause to deny someone a gun just because he or she is on the watch list. Some people are on the list simply because the FBI wants to interview them about someone else who may have a connection to terrorism. ‘You’re innocent until proven guilty,’ he said.’” (Dave Kopel, “On Balance, Post Has Less,” Rocky Mountain News, 3/26/05)

Debate Fact Check #10: Sanctions on Iran

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…the urgent need to impose crippling sanctions against the Iranian regime.

CLAIM:
Carly’s support for sanctions on Iran is hypocritical in light of her violations of U.S. trade laws while Hewlett-Packard’s chief executive officer.

FACT:
Carly is a strong supporter of implementing tough, crippling sanctions on Iran to compel it to roll back its dangerous nuclear weapons development plan, which currently poses the most serious threat to Israel and to the stability of the Middle East region.

Furthermore, accusations about the legality of HP’s printer sales have never been supported by any federal investigation or report. In fact, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquired about the matter, but the company has never been found in violation of U.S. trade embargoes. These are baseless political attacks that were first launched by Democrats in 2008 when Carly was rumored to be a potential candidate for vice president – they have no foundation in fact.

SEC Inquired And Found No Violation Of Trade Embargo. “DeVore pressed Fiorina, the former chief of Hewlett-Packard, for details about a subsidiary’s printer sales to Iran, which is subject to a trade embargo. The United Arab Emirates-based subsidiary, Redington Gulf, was honored by HP as wholesaler of the year in 2003, under Fiorina’s tenure. When reports of the Iranian sales came to light in 2008, three years after Fiorina was fired, Hewlett-Packard terminated its relations with the subsidiary…Fiorina has previously said she had no knowledge of illegal sales. The SEC has inquired about the matter, but the company has never been found to have violated the embargo.” (Seema Mehta, “Previews of upcoming GOP Senate debate?” Los Angeles Times, 3/3/10)

Carly Fiorina: “We Cannot Afford To Talk Any Longer.” “It is abundantly clear: engagement with Iran has failed. Negotiations have shown no progress. We cannot afford to talk any longer. We must act now to implement tough, crippling sanctions to persuade the Iranian regime to suspend its nuclear program and engage in serious negotiations. Both the Senate and the House have passed strong versions of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act. I urge our leaders in Congress to reconcile quickly their differences and present a bill to the President for his immediate signature and immediate implementation.” (Press release, 2/8/10)

Carly Fiorina Asks Legislature to Support Chelsea’s Law

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today announced her support for Chelsea’s Law, a measure designed to protect children and teens from violent sexual predators.

“Government’s first and foremost responsibility is to protect the safety and security of our fellow Americans. This is especially true when it comes to protecting our children, and that’s the reason I’m proud to support Chelsea’s Law,” said Fiorina. “It’s critically important that we do everything in our power to prevent violent criminals from preying on our children. Chelsea’s Law represents an important step in the right direction, and I urge the Legislature to pass it quickly.”

Chelsea’s Law, the detailed provisions of which were unveiled yesterday by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, will help protect children from sex offenders by increasing penalties for sex crimes against children, extending the time period during which sex offenders must remain on parole with GPS monitoring and establishing “safe zones” to limit where sex offenders can spend their time. The measure is named in memory of Chelsea King, a Poway high school student who was raped and murdered in February by a convicted sex offender who had blatantly violated the terms of his parole and whose files had been partially destroyed by parole officials.

Carly Fiorina Urges Obama Administration to Enact Meaningful Sanctions on Iran Without Delay

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – Following reports that the Obama administration is backing away from plans to implement tough measures designed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement renewing her call to Barbara Boxer and the Obama administration to continue pursuing crippling sanctions against Iran:

“I am deeply troubled by the news that the Obama administration is backing away from plans to pursue crippling sanctions against the Iranian regime. I urge Barbara Boxer and the Obama administration to stand up for our country’s national security – not to mention security and stability throughout the Middle East and South Asia – by moving forward on these critically important measures.

“A nuclear-armed Iran presents a grave danger to the safety and security of people around the globe. Even if it requires acting alone, the United States must do everything in our power to force Iran to suspend its nuclear program and engage in serious negotiations. That is why I strongly support the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act and urge its swift approval by Congress. If we are serious about stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and about supporting Israel as our strategic ally in the region, we must act swiftly to implement tough, crippling sanctions now.”



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